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Booker T Washington Magnet High School

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Posted January 3, 2008

I love BTW because I learn so much pertaining to Technical Theatre. This school is awesome in the Arts, their Math Department needs great help. BTW is a good school though. We just need a performing arts center.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2007

The principal is in her fourth year. She demonstrates little support for a majority of the performing students and appears to lack leadership abilities that would truly lead this school to greatness. Teacher morale is declining and poor hiring decisions have affected both academic performance at the school and several of the magnet programs, including the demise of the print journalism department. Her single minded focus of building a performing arts center has led school district leaders to ignore lesser needs of the school to the detriment of the program in favor of doing nothing when collaboration and communication could have led to school improvement. We are seriously urging our last child to consider other options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2007

BTW is one of the best schools in the state. The administration and staff work together to support students and communicate with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2006

BTW Magnet is an outstanding school. This year the school has three National Merit Program Scholars, and the Creative Writing Magnet has published a book. Under the awesome leadership of Principal Quesha Starks the school is moving in a positive, focused direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

My son's a junior in the law magnet. BTW is a small public high school described by one parent as 'an oasis in the desert.' This is the second year for Principal Quesha Starks and this year she has an assistant. Both are top-notch as is the faculty. Our PTSA tries to help in any way needed. Academic excellence is stressed, but struggling students can find tutoring help from their teachers. Our talented creative/performing magnet students have lots of opportunities to perform for the community. Law students research twice weekly at the State Supreme Court and conduct mock trials at the Federal District Court. Aviation students not only learn about aviation but also fly. Creative writing students wrote and published a book about participants in the Civil Rights Movement. The facilities are old and there're no sports teams. But BTW is a school with a heart, mission and vision. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2005

This is an awesome school. The social and academic environment fosters amasing tallent and creativity. This school will perpare students for later life. It is strongly recomended.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 1, 2005

My Son loves going to BTW. He is in the law magnet program which has opened a future of possibilities for him. The teachers are outstanding and really care about the students. By placing the students in magnets, they are more interested in learning. My son do wish they had sometype of sports program and is active in the SGA to make this happen for the future students of BTW since he is now a senior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2005

BTW provides a stimulating learning enviornment to foster the needs of talented students, especially in the performing arts area. However, the diverse population of students can lead your child to choosing the wrong kind of friends. My daughter, a gifted student, chose a poor circle of friends and has paid for it with her academics as well as her social life. The peer pressure can really effect your child negatively. Stay on top of things, parents, and don't let your child associate with these type of kids. I am not the only parent who feels this way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2004

Going to this school has been great experience for me all four years of high school. I am very glad that I chose this school. There is always some way to get involved here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2004

We've had two of our children attend BTW -- this school's academic program rivals what we saw in northern Virginia. It is an island of academic excellence in an otherwise deprived and depraved Montgomery school system. For the most part, the core academic teachers are among the best in the state, if not the nation -- especially the teachers for AP Government, AP History, and advanced math (Algebra III, pre-calculus, calculus, and advanced math). My only gripes would be (1) location, (2) a seemingly intense focus on the dance magnet at the expense of all other performing and non-performing magnets, and (3) the internal turmoil caused by a third principal in as many years. Fear naught -- this is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Our second child is graduating from BTW this year. BTW has provided them fantastic opportunities to develop their creative talents and obtain an excellent education. The faculty is extremely supportive while always encouraging the students to strive for excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


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In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 72% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 54% 34%
White 36% 58%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 1%
Hispanic 2% 5%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms Quesha S. Starks
Fax number
  • (334) 269-6140

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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632 South Union St
Montgomery, AL 36104
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